News from the Arran Community Land Initiative

Arran Community Land Initiative – opportunities to get involved!

Whiting Bay primary school children help with tree planting

Through the winter we held volunteer days on the second Saturday of each month; these involved fencing, polytunnel clearance, and other vital maintenance tasks. Many thanks to all who came along!
We also obtained 450 native trees from the Woodland Trust which volunteers and children from Whiting Bay Primary School planted in April. The children really enjoyed it and it helped develop their awareness of the environmental and climate change benefits of tree planting. The Land Initiative expects to obtain a further 400 Aspen and Oak trees for planting this year.

We have let out a field for seven brown tups (rams) – beautiful Dutch Zwarbles. You will need to explore up the brae if you want to take a look at them!

Our plans for the coming months include:

– The construction of a boardwalk path and steps to make an easier access from our south west corner to the Glenashdale paths. This will give walkers another option to come back into Whiting Bay through the Land Initiative.
– Chopping down some gorse and undergrowth beside the paths to route horses off the boardwalk.
– Planting a wild-flower meadow mix on a third of an acre of ground. If we gradually replace rye grass with a meadow mix it should increase bio-diversity across the land.
– Planting up the community beds and polytunnel with a variety of vegetables and herbs.
– Holding at least two children’s activity days as well as a summer open day during the school holidays. Further information will be provided soon.
– Maintenance of the crop growing area of the site.

We work closely with Darren from Green Futures Arran who helps to supervise volunteers. If anyone wants to get involved in any way please speak to me (Nick), Darren or any of the trustees- or just turn up at 9.30am on one of the days below to lend a hand.

The programme for the next few weeks includes:

May 9th – Preparation for boardwalk and gorse chopping
May 11th – Boardwalk construction
June 15th – Boardwalk construction

Further days/activities will be published on the ACLI Facebook page  and in next month’s Voice for Arran. Our contact details are also on our Facebook page.

The new residents at ACLI